I am currently Professor of Contemporary Theatre and Performance, having moved to the University of Manchester in 2012. Previously, I served for 7 years as the Wole Soyinka Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at the University of Leeds. From 1993-2005 I was a Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies at the University of Glasgow. In addition to publishing widely in theatre and performance studies (see Research tab for an overview), I am also a theatre practitioner - variously as director, performer and writer/dramaturg. Some of my recent, research-related practice - which has explored the use of site-specific performance in contexts of environmental change - is documented on the project websites noted below.
Over the years, I have worked collaboratively with a range of contemporary theatre and performance practitioners, to present and contextualise their voices in public symposia, and to document their work in printed contexts. This collaborative work has included book projects with the Chicago-based performance company Goat Island (Small Acts of Repair, 2007) and with performance artist and 'drag king' pioneer Diane Torr (Sex, Drag, and Male Roles, 2010). I was invited by writer-performers Tim Crouch and Penny Arcade to contribute contextualising essays to books anthologizing their performance texts (Tim Crouch: Plays One, 2011; Penny Arcade: Bad Reputation, 2009). I also worked with Crouch to present a symposium and resultant journal edition exploring his controversial play The Author (2010-11), and have published extensive interviews with key American playwrights including Edward Albee and Christopher Shinn.
In 2014 I am serving as a peer reviewer on the Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts panel of REF2014 (Research Excellence Framework). I fulfilled a similar role for RAE2008 (Research Assessment Exercise). I From September 2014, I will serve a 3-year period as Head of Subject Area for Drama. Somehow, I will be juggling this alongside being a Co-Investigator on the major new AHRC research project, "Towards Hydro-Citizenship" (2014-17), which builds directly on my recent performance research work in Shipley, West Yorkshire.